Cheatham County roadway closed after truck flips, catches fire
CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. -
An overturned truck in Cheatham County has shut down a busy roadway Friday morning between Kingston Springs and White Bluff.
The accident happened just after 4 a.m. along Highway 70S at Craggie Hope Road.
The driver of a white pickup lost control of his vehicle hit two utility poles, snapping them in half. The truck rolled several times before coming to a rest.
Fire responders said the truck caught fire as they were arriving. They were able to quickly put it out.
It took crews more than 30 minutes to get the driver out of the truck. Officials told Nashville's News 2 the driver of the vehicle had a strong odor of alcohol and a large, open bottle of whiskey in his truck. Officials said the bottle had been purchased the night before.
The driver was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via LifeFlight with in critical but stable condition.
Highway 70 S is shutdown in both directions while crews investigate the crash and clean up the wires lying across the road.
It was not immediately clear when the roadway will reopen. Authorities are urging drivers to avoid the area while they work to clear the wreck.
No further details were immediately released.
Nashville's News 2 has a crew on the scene. Refresh this page for updates on this story.